Garrett Lewis, KFSM-TV’s Chief Meteorologist, can be seen weeknights at 5, 6, 9 & 10 p.m. Garrett’s passion for forecasting and weather comes from growing up in the small Arkansas town of Alma.

Garrett has witnessed some of the most amazing weather events unfold in our area including the 1996 Van Buren tornado, the crippling ice storms of 2000 & 2009, the flooding of 2004, 2006 Benton County tornado, & the 2011 Altus-Denning EF4 Twister.

“At the end of the day, people just want to know whether or not it’s going to rain & how much the weather will impact their life. Snow, tornadoes, rain, sunshine… weather is the only thing that affects everybody… everyday. I love my job. There’s nothing in the world better than forecasting weather for Arkansas & Oklahoma.”

Some of his most memorable weather moments stem from storm chasing in the Great Plains, including the May 3, 1999 outbreak which spawned several tornadoes in Central Oklahoma. Garrett also reported live in 100mph winds as Hurricane Lili made landfall near New Iberia, Louisiana.

Garrett joined 5NEWS on-air in July of 2001. Garrett now works as the Chief Meteorologist and can be seen at 5, 6, 9 and 10 p.m. Garrett holds a B.S. Degree in Geosciences and an M.S. Degree in Applied Meteorology Mississippi State University. His graduate work focused on the social science applications in severe weather.

In addition, Garrett has been awarded both the ‘National Weather Association’s Seal of Approval’ Seal #1581 and the American Meteorological Society’s Seal of Approval. Seal #0410878. Garrett has been recognized by the Arkansas Associated Press for his weathercasts including the award of ‘Best Weathercast’ multiple times.

Off camera, Garrett sits on the board of the Benton County Children’s Advocacy Center and the State of Arkansas’ board for Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas. Both advocate for child protection and for the prevention and treatment of sexually or physically abused children.

Garrett and his wife, Ashley, have been married for 13 years and have a son & daughter.


Recent Articles
  • Rain Forecast For Omaha Monday

    Showers are likely in Omaha on Monday as an upper level system moves across the area. The highest chances for rain will favor the first part of the day with fewer showers towards evening. First pitch is scheduled for 6pm and should could still be a factor. 5NEWS Meteorologist Joe Pennington will be LIVE with current conditions and the forecast from Omaha this week as the Hogs play for a National Championship. -Garrett

  • LPGA Delayed Due To Weather

    The LPGA NWA Championship has been delayed due to weather. Current plans are to delay the start time 1hr and then reevaluate as necessary. Rain is forecast to continue in Rogers, Arkansas for the next several hours. -Garrett

  • Severe Thunderstorm Watch

    A Severe Thunderstorm Watch is in effect for Eastern Oklahoma until 5am. Strong to severe thunderstorms will be possible during the first part of the day with more watches and warning likely by the afternoon and evening. -Garrett

  • Weather Alert Day: Saturday

    Complicated weather pattern playing out for the next 24 hours. There are two key time-frames to watch for strong to severe thunderstorms. A complex that’s currently underway in Oklahoma will roll east into our area late tonight and into the morning. These storms will mostly pose a risk of damaging winds. As the boundary stalls, the atmosphere will become increasingly unstable with strong to severe thunderstorms redeveloping along a stalled boundary in Eastern Oklahoma and Western Arkansas. The storms late […]

  • Severe Weather Late Friday/Saturday

    A few isolated showers and thunderstorms remain possible on Thursday and Friday but the best chance for rain will be this weekend. The strongest thunderstorms are expected on Friday night into Saturday morning. A complex will arrive late Friday, probably after midnight, and continue into the morning hours. The complex remnants will be reactivated and additional showers and thunderstorms will develop on Saturday afternoon. Another complex is possible on Saturday night into Sunday with occasional showers or thunderstorms on Sunday […]

  • Wednesday’s Rain Totals

    The highest rainfall amounts on Wednesday occurred in parts of the River Valley as well as NW Benton County were over 1″ of rain was recorded. Surprisingly, there were a few spots with little amounts of rain; particularly the Siloam Springs area northeast to NWA Regional where only 0.08″ was recorded. Just a few miles east, Elm Springs recorded 0.85″. Fayetteville’s Drake Field measured 0.39″ of rain. In Fort Smith, this was the biggest one-day today of rain since May […]

  • Line of Storms Continues Moving East

    A line of thunderstorms has develop in Eastern Oklahoma and will continue to push east across much of NW Arkansas and the River Valley thru the evening hours. These storms will affect much of the area during the busy evening drive home. Expect delays. A few storms could be strong but the majority will remain below severe limits. Storms should exit our region later this evening with lower rain chances for Thursday and Friday. -Garrett

  • Tracking Wednesday Showers

    Showers and thunderstorms will continue for much of NW Arkansas and the River Valley into Wednesday evening. The initial round of heavy rain continue to spread north into NW Arkansas; however a line of stronger storms has developed along a surface boundary in NE Oklahoma and will advance east into NW Arkansas this evening. Storms along and ahead of the line will have the potential to be severe. Most of the showers will exit by Wednesday evening with lower rain […]

  • Omaha Weather 11am Wednesday

    Showers will continue in Omaha at 11am with rain slowly exiting to the northeast by afternoon. Cloudy skies are expected for the region on Wednesday with occasional showers likely into the afternoon. An area of low pressure will be slow to clear with continued showers likely in the Omaha area into the afternoon Wednesday. -Garrett

  • Summer Storms Bring Gusty Winds

    A handful of thunderstorms developed on Thursday with daytime heating. The most notable was over the north side of Fort Smith where over 100 customers lost power this afternoon with strong gusty winds that moved across the city. A quick check of the accumulated rainfall totals shows only a few storms developing but those under the storms ended up with very strong winds and locally heavy downpours. -Garrett

  • Daytime Heating Storms Continue

    Daytime heating has caused a few thunderstorms to develop across the higher terrain in the Ouachitas and spread north into the River Valley. A few locally heavy downpours and brief gusty winds will be possible with the strong storms. Storms over Fort Smith around 5pm caused wind damage in spots and it’s possible a few additional storms will also cause wind damage as storms initially develop. All thunderstorms are expected to end shortly after sunset. -Garrett

  • Another Storm Complex Tonight

    Another complex of showers and thunderstorms is expected to develop to our northwest and move into our area late Tuesday into Wednesday morning. Rain chances will once again be highest in the morning hours with a decreasing trend as the day wears on. After Wednesday temperatures will increase for late-week into the weekend with highs back into the mid to upper 90s. -Garrett